Clinton vows to seek more NATO support for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan

14:05, December 03, 2009      

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday she will seek more international support for U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan after the administration unveiled a new strategy to win eight-year-long war.

"I will go to Brussels tomorrow to begin the process of securing additional Alliance commitments of troops, trainers and resources," Clinton told a hearing by Senate Armed Services Committee over the Obama administration's new strategy for Afghanistan.

After months of review, President Barack Obama on Tuesday renewed his strategy for Afghanistan by sending 30,000 additional troops to the country in a decisive war against al-Qaida network and extremists.

"As Commander-in-Chief, I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home," the president told his people "Afghanistan is not lost."

Obama also called on all U.S. allies, especially the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), to offer their firm support for U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan to successfully dismantle, disrupt and destroy the al-Qaida network.

"Now, we must come together to end this war successfully. For what's at stake is not simply a test of NATO's credibility -- what's at stake is the security of our Allies, and the common securityof the world," said the president.

The military supplement will bring the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to nearly 100,000.

Secretary Clinton will travel to Brussels for a series of ministerial-level meetings of NATO, which is expected to send at least 5,000 additional troops for beefing up Washington's gambling in Afghanistan.

The 28-nation military bloc is leading the UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), who has about 110,000 troops in Afghanistan, including 68,000 troops from the United States.

Source: Xinhua
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